Trophy Wine Show 2023 – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Mihael Fridjhon and JR

The second of four tasting articles based on this important South African wine competition organised by Michael Fridjhon, seen above with one of the two 2023 international judges. See also Shiraz/Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

My second day was devoted to judging 68 Chardonnay entries and 15 Pinot Noirs, the former very much more impressive than the latter. Also on my panel was chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and associate editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide Cathy van Zyl MW and cellarmaster at Warwick Wine Estate J D Pretorius, with Tarryn Vincent, sales manager at Michael...